Before you jet off to that big business meeting, make sure to check your laptop. That’s because the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is banning one particular laptop from all flights.
The laptop has been deemed dangerous because of its battery. They are said to have the potential of overheating and pose a fire risk.
Read on to find out which laptop is affected by the ban. We’ll also tell you what to do to make your laptop flight-worthy.
Laptop model banned on flights
All 15-inch MacBook Pros sold between September 2015 and February 2017 have been banned from all flights. The announcement by the FAA comes almost three months after Apple recalled the popular laptops.
In June, Apple voluntarily recalled more than 400,000 of the 15-inch MacBook Pros due to faulty batteries. The batteries overheated and were a fire risk.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in July stated that it had received 26 reports of overheated batteries in affected laptops, with five reports of minor burns and one report of smoke inhalation. There are additional reports of fire damage to nearby personal property.
The recalled laptops will not be allowed on planes either as carryon or cargo. If you aren’t sure if your laptop is among the banned models there’s a quick way to find out.
Click the Apple icon on the upper-left corner of your toolbar and select About This Mac. If the Overview menu says “MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015),” your laptop is more than likely to have been subject to the recall.
To find out for sure, copy the serial number also displayed on the Overview menu. Then visit Apple’s recall site and type in the serial number for final confirmation.
Getting your laptop flying again
There’s no doubt the FAA is being strict about this ban. In 2016 the Department of Transportation and the FAA banned all Samsung Galaxy Note 7s from planes.
In that case, the Notes were actually exploding. There have been no reports of the 15-inch MacBook Pro exploding.
If your Mac laptop is among the recalled models, that doesn’t mean you have to go out and buy a new computer. You can get the laptop flying again.
You will be able to take it aboard a plane if you have replaced the battery and have the paperwork to prove it. If you’re going on a trip and really need your laptop, get moving now to replace your battery because the entire process can take up to two weeks.
Once you know for sure that your laptop has been recalled it will have to be sent to an Apple Repair Center. There are three ways to get your laptop to a repair center: Find an Apple Authorized Service Provider, make an appointment at an Apple Retail Store or contact Apple Support to arrange mail-in service via the Apple Repair Center.
It’s not convenient, but at least the repairs are free and, more importantly, you’re not putting a planeload of people at risk.